- Don’t forget to make exercise
an important part of your life! Exercise helps you use insulin more
efficiently, so the insulin in your body has greater power to lower
blood sugar. And even more good news, the effects from exercise can
last for up to 24 hours after you have stopped exercising. Be sure to
check with your doctor before starting an exercise program.
- Don’t forget about exercise!
Exercise is important because it increases insulin sensitivity, helps
improve blood sugar control, and improves blood flow to the heart and
- Walking is an excellent
form of exercise. You may burn about 200 calories after walking for
an hour. Look for creative ways to get your walking time in, such as
choosing the stairs instead of the elevator at a store or at work.
- Check your blood sugar
more frequently when you exercise strenuously. Strenuous exercise can
sometimes result in low blood sugar later that night or the day after.
Checking your blood sugar before bedtime can prevent low blood sugar
during the night.
- Some types of exercise
may require adjustments in your medication. Check with your doctor to
find out what is best for you.
- Don’t let arthritic-type
pain stop you from exercising. If you can’t take a daily walk, consider
trying armchair aerobics and stretches while sitting, or water aerobics
instead. Check with your health care professional to find an exercise
plan that is right for you.
- When you exercise, be sure
to carry treatment for low blood sugar with you, such as 15 grams of
a carbohydrate (for example, ½ cup of juice).
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